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What is the point of view of Javed Sb. about the starting verses of Surah e Qamar and the ahadeeth of shaq e Qamar?

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Ghamidi Sb is of the similar view as that of Maulana Moudoodi (ra) and his own mentor Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi (ra).  He believes hat these verses are just a mention of atypical event which happened in the age of the Prohet pbuh when moon was witnessed split itself asunder.  He is of the view that this event was not a miracle produced out of the hands of Prophet pbuh as understood or believed by the majority folk. 

Till the time his translation of Quran “Albayan” is available (in print at this time) a read of the relevant sections in Tadabbure Quran by Imam Islahi (ra) and Tafheem ul Quran by Maulana Maudoodi (ra) would be of a great assist in understanding the details of “Shaq al Qamar”.

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Maulana Maududi’s view is as under:

That is, “The splitting of the Moon asunder is a portent that the Hour of Resurrection, of which you are being foretold, has drawn near at hand, and the order of the Universe has begun to be disrupted. Moreover, the incident that a great sphere like the Moon’s has split into two distinct parts, is a specific proof of the fact that Resurrection of which you are being forewarned can take place. Obviously, when the Moon can split, the earth also can split, the orbits of the stars and planets also can change and the whole system of the heavens also can be disturbed. There is nothing eternal and everlasting and stable here so that Resurrection may be improbable.”

Some people have taken this sentence to mean: “The Moon will split. ” Although according to Arabic usage it is possible to take this meaning, the context clearly rejects it. In the first place, if this were the meaning, the first sentence would become meaningless. If the Moon had not actually split at the time when this Revelation was made, but it was going to split sometime in the future, it would be absurd to say on the basis of this that the Hour of Resurrection had approached near at hand. After all, how can an incident that is to take place in the future, be regarded as a sign of Resurrection’s being near at hand, and how can such a testimony be put forward as a rational argument? Second, with this meaning in mind when we read the following verses, they appear to be altogether incoherent. The verses that follow clearly show that the people at that time had witnessed a sign that was a manifest portent of the possibility of Resurrection, but they rejected it as a magical illusion, and persisted in their belief that Resurrection was not possible. In this context, the words inshaqq-al-Qamar can be meaningful only if they are taken to mean: “The Moon split asunder.” If they are taken to mean: “The Moon will split asunder,” the whole following theme becomes disjointed. It will Took like this:

“The Hour of Resurrection has drawn near and the Moon will split asunder. Yet whatever sign these people may see they turn away and say: `This is current magic!’ They have denied and followed only their own lusts. ”
Therefore, the truth is that the incident of the splitting of the Moon is confirmed explicitly by the words of the Qur’an and it is not dependent upon the traditions of the Hadith. However, the traditions supply its details, and one comes to know when and how it had taken place. These traditions have been related by Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Abu `Uwanah, Abu Da’ud Tayalisi, `Abdur Razzaq, Ibn Jarir, Baihaqi, Tabarani, Ibn Marduyah, and Abu Nu’aim Tsfahani with many chains of transmitters on the authority of Hadrat `Ali, Hadrat `Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Hadrat `Abdullah bin `Abbas, Hadrat’ Abdullah bin `Umar, Hadrat Hudhaifah, Hadrat Anas bin Malik and Hadrat Jubair bin Mut`im. Three of these authorities, viz, Hadrat `Abdullah bin Mas’ud; Hadrat Hudhaifah, and Hadrat Jubair bin Mut`im, state that they were the eye-witnesses of this event; two of them cannot be its eye-witnesses, for this event took place before the birth of one (i.e. ‘Abdullah bin `Abbas) and at a time when the other (i.e.. Anas bin Malik) was yet a child. But since both these scholars were Companions, obviously they must have reported this event after they had heard it from the aged Companions who had direct knowledge of it.

The information that one gathers from the various traditions is that this incident occurred about five years before the Hijrah. It was the 14th night of the lunar month; the Moon had just risen when it suddenly split and its two parts were seen on either side of the hill in front. Then after a moment or so they rejoined. The Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) at that time was at Mina. He told the people to mark it and be witnesses to it. The disbelievers said that Muhammad (upon whom be Allah’s peace and blessings) had worked magic on them; therefore, their eyes had been deceived. The other people said: “Mnhammad could have worked magic on us but not on all the people. Let the people from other places come: we shall ask them if they also had witnessed this incident. ” When the people from other places came, they bore evidence that they also had witnessed the same phenomenon.

Some traditions which have been related from Hadrat Anas give rise to the misunderstanding that the incident of the splitting of the Moon had happened twice. But, in the first place, no one else from among the Companions has stated this; second, in some traditions of Hadrat Anas himself also the words are marratain (twice), and in sane firqatain and shaqqatain (two pieces); third, the Qur’an mentions only one incident of the Moon’s splitting asunder. The correct view therefore is that this incident happened only once. As for the stories which are current among the people that the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) had matte a gesture towards the Moon and it split into two parts and that one part of the Moon entered the breast of the garment of the Holy Prophet and went out of the sleeve, have no basis whatever.

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Here, the question arises: What was the real nature of this incident. Was it a miracle that the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) performed on the demand of the disbelievers of Makkah as a proof of his Prophethood? Or, was it only an accident that occurred on the Moon by the power of Allah and the Holy Prophet had only called the people’s attention to it and warned them to mark it as a Sign of the possibility and nearness of Resurrection? A large group of the Muslim scholars regards it as among the miracles of the Holy Prophet and holds the view that it had been shown on the demand of the disbelievers. But this view is based only on some of those traditions which have been related from Hadrat Anas. Apart from him no other Companion has stated this. According to Fath al Bari Ibn Hajar says: “Apart from the narration by Hadrat Anas, in no other narration of this story have I come across the theme that the incident of the splitting of the Moon had taken place on the demand of the polytheists. (Bab Inshiqaq al-Qamar). Abu Nu’aim Isfahani has related a tradition on this subject in Dale il an-Nubuwwat, on the authority of Hadrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas also, but it has a weak chain of transrmitters and none of the traditions that have been related with strong chains of tranamitters in the collections of Hadith on the authority of Hadrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas, contains any mention of this. Furthermore, neither Hadrat Anas nor Hadrat `Abdullah bin `Abbas was a contemporary of this incident. On the contrary, none of the Companions from among Hadrat `Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Hadrat Hudhaifah, Hadrat Jubair bin Mut`im, Hadrat ‘Ali, Hadrat `Abdullah bin ‘Umar, who were contemporaries of the incident, has stated that the pagans of Makkah had demanded a Sign of the Holy Prophet to testify to his Prophethood on which he might have shown the miracle of the splitting of the Moon. Above all, the Qur’an itself also is presenting this event not as a Sign of the Prophethood but as a Sign of the nearness of Resurrection. However, this was indeed conspicuous proof of the Holy Prophet’s truthfulness because it testified to the news that he was giving to the people of the coming of Resurrection.

The critics raise two kinds of objections against it. In the first place, they say it is impossible that a great sphere like the Moon should split asunder into two distinct parts, which should get hundreds of miles apart and then rejoin. Secondly, they say if it had so happened, it would be a well-known event in the world and would have found mention in the books of History and Astronomy. But, in fact, both these objections are flimsy. As for the discussion of its possibility, it could perhaps find credibility in the ancient days but on the basis of what man has cane to know in the present day about the structure of the planets, it can be said that it is just possible that a sphere may burst because of its internal volcanic action and its two parts may be thrown far apart by the mighty eruption, and then may rejoin under the magnetic force of their center. As for the second objection, it is flimsy because the event had taken place suddenly and lasted a short time only. It was not necessary that at that particular moment the world might be looking at the Moon. There was no explosion either that might have attracted the people’s attention; there was no advance information of it that the people might be awaiting its occurrence and looking up at the sky. It could not also be seen everywhere on the earth but only in Arabia and the eastern (ands where the Moon had risen and was visible at that time. The taste and art of writing history also had not yet developed so that the people who might have witnessed it, should have made a record of it and then sane historian might have gathered the evidence and preserved it in some book of History. However, in the Histories of Malabar mention has been made of a native ruler who had witnessed this phenomenon that night. As for the books of Astronomy and Calendars, this event might have been mentioned in them only if the event had affected the movement of the Moon, its orbit and the times of its rising and setting. As no such thing happened, it did not attract the ancient astronomers’ attention. The observatories also were not so developed that they might have taken notice of everything happening in the heavens and preserved a record of it.

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But the question is why in history doesn’t any one write about this event?

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Muneeb ! the last portion of Mawdudi sahib,s explanation tries to answer this question.” The critics raise two kinds of objections against it. In the first place, they say it is impossible that a great sphere like the Moon should split asunder into two distinct parts, which should get hundreds of miles apart and then rejoin. Secondly, they say if it had so happened, it would be a well-known event in the world and would have found mention in the books of History and Astronomy. But, in fact, both these objections are flimsy. As for the discussion of its possibility, it could perhaps find credibility in the ancient days but on the basis of what man has cane to know in the present day about the structure of the planets, it can be said that it is just possible that a sphere may burst because of its internal volcanic action and its two parts may be thrown far apart by the mighty eruption, and then may rejoin under the magnetic force of their center. As for the second objection, it is flimsy because the event had taken place suddenly and lasted a short time only. It was not necessary that at that particular moment the world might be looking at the Moon. There was no explosion either that might have attracted the people’s attention; there was no advance information of it that the people might be awaiting its occurrence and looking up at the sky. It could not also be seen everywhere on the earth but only in Arabia and the eastern (ands where the Moon had risen and was visible at that time. The taste and art of writing history also had not yet developed so that the people who might have witnessed it, should have made a record of it and then sane historian might have gathered the evidence and preserved it in some book of History. However, in the Histories of Malabar mention has been made of a native ruler who had witnessed this phenomenon that night. As for the books of Astronomy and Calendars, this event might have been mentioned in them only if the event had affected the movement of the Moon, its orbit and the times of its rising and setting. As no such thing happened, it did not attract the ancient astronomers’ attention. The observatories also were not so developed that they might have taken notice of everything happening in the heavens and preserved a record of it.”

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Thank you Malik sahib for this help!

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Maulana wrote that “As for the second objection, it is flimsy because the event had taken place suddenly and lasted a short time only. It was not necessary that at that particular moment the world might be looking at the Moon” , was no one looking at the moon? Isn’t it strange? B/c it’s not reported in any of the historical book.

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be 1sm A1lah A1Rahmaan A1Raheem
A1 Salaam alekum.
I like to bring to your notice a finding in context of Shaq al Qamar(Splitting of Moon), according to Nasa findings Total Eclipse occurs every 18 years, precisely 18 years 11 days 8 hours, Shaq al Qamar according to Quran is a constant miracle, and i find that moon splits out of the sun on this very date, i find this date inscribed on palm of every r18ht hand, and that 18 is the number of Sura Kahaf, repetition of Sura FATEHA in all compulsory prayers adds up to 18 including 1 of witr prayers, the prayers of bani Israel(Shemoneh Esreh) are based on 18 prayers, the prayers of Christians are 18 benedictions as taught by Prophet Esa ibne Maryam, Hindu scriptures are 18 puranas , Budhists teachings are based on 18 positions of Buddha(wisdom), martial arts(taichi/Qigong/yoga) are all based on 18 principles, china is called china because it is based on 18 provinces, Sura Maryam 19-93-94 speak of a numbering of al creation, i find 18 makes the golden ratio 1618, i also notice that Universe is governed by rule of right hand law, all hurricanes, tornadoes, twisters, typhoons, flower bloom, seed splitting, hearts and electro magnetics are based on right hand rule only, sun rise from east because of right hand spin, Quran speaks of Allah’s right hand becoming visible in end times, and in Sura Isra 17:71 book of right hand is mentioned as a sign/proof on which a call will be made to all mankind, in 17:72 warning is given to those who will ignore this book that they will be raised blind in end times, Quran speaks of Sun and Moon to be running precise calculated time in 55:5, one day of Allah is = 1000 years of our time, when we divine 1000/18 years of eclipse it is 55.555, Quran mentions a book between our both hands, i find the precise date of Sun and moon to run to a total eclipse is 18 years 11 days 8 hours, both hands read 81-18, either way we can read 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours.8 is an /8\rk literally in math of all religions,  Torah is a book of r18ht hand and a book of maths where 18 is fulfillment of Torah, i believe this inscription i am pointing to is the inscription of not just Torah scrolls but of all the scriptures before Quran, Quran is the only word that explains the scripture(18) and no word other can Quran(Word) has ever been revealed by Allah, last Sermon of Rasool Allah alehim al Salaam too i find dated 18 zil Hajj. Sign of Qayamat in quran is when the sun and moon are joined, the only Total eclipse where sun and moon are un(*ted 100% occurs only every 18 years(18years 11 days 8 hours) per the inscription between our both hands. I like to also point to a machine found in 1901 lost 2500 years ago, i find it to be a replica of the ark of covenant(Tabut e Sakinah), it is called ‘Antikythera’, it has two doors, Quran speaks of these two doors in context of Moon and the calculation of time and of Hajj. The front door is based on rukn al Yamani(right hand rule) and is based on 18 years and left door inscription is based on rukn al shimaali(81 years). Total Moon Eclipse is every 9 years and that of Sun(where sun and moon are united is every 18 years. Tawaf e Kaba is based on Rukn al Yamani and house of Allah serves as guidance to all mankind, and today mankind with all its common science, signs and sense can understand ‘Rukn al Yamani’ literally to be the r18ht hand rule, not a single thing we open rotates clockwise but always Tawaf wise(counter clockwise). I shared it all with you considering it my duty as a Muslim, and i am of strong view and belief that Shaq al Qamar literally points to Total Eclipse, which is a perfect Deut of 18:18 years. Total eclipse of Moon is 9years but on every 18th years sun and moon are joined in Total eclipse of sun and the moon splits out of the sun at that time. Quran speaks of as warning to mankind that if Allah were not to remove the moon from sun then we will all remain in dark till the day of resurrection, thats how i understood that aya to be. The chakra of heavenly bodies is based on 18 years cycle, and the 18 Puranas i am pointing to with help of Quran in context of Shaq al Qamar/ Total Eclipse is the oldest and most Purana 18s Hindus can ever find, older than any man written 18 puranas, mankind has been trying to explain the scripture of 18 but after revelation of Quran its explanation is complete and Quran repeatedly points to cycle of su and moon and also that the book(18) i speak of is not inscribed by my own right hand lest some one would doubt it, its inscribed on every human hand genetically right down from our common father, Adam alehim al Salaam, i say it is indeed the covenant mankind took mentioned in Quran as Proof of our Creator, and it appears for all to see for themselves on the very own hands, specifically on very own hands of covenant/pledge/waada, the r18ht hands!  wa Allahu aalam, i would love for Dr Ghamdi to have a look at this view of mine and comment please, can any one help forward this to him with my best regards? Jazakum Allah.

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AOA,
Please donnot follow this person(javedahmadghamidi) , he is detracking muslims, he is allowing Interest based Installment system , gradually he will polish innocent people and will ask them to leave all orders from Islam, he is saying no need to slaught the animal like muslims do, just pour out blood from any part of animal body, he said no need to slaught the animal from muslim.non-muslim can slaught animal. Inshort he will detrack you please be carefull’

he is agent from non-muslims